Tropical storm Noel is continuing to cause chaos across parts of the Caribbean. At least 20 people have been killed in the Dominican Republic and thousands in neighbouring Haiti have been left without power. Haiti is particularly vulnerable to floods as 90 percent of its forests have been chopped down, mainly to make charcoal.
Torrential rain has left many roads flooded, hampering rescue efforts and attempts to move people to safety. Weather forecasters say the storm is moving northwest at 85km per hour and is likely to next the Bahamasm, but Noel is not expected to grow into a hurricane.
Most of the deaths are reported along the south coast, east of the Dominican Republic capital Santo Domingo. It is the second disaster to hit the island of Hispaniola after torrential rains killed 45 people and made a thousand people homeless in the first two weeks of October.